Find An Author Friday: KC Klein
KC Klein has lived most of her life with her head in the clouds and her nose buried in a book. She did stop reading long enough to make a home with a real life hero, her husband, for over twenty years. A mother of two children, she spends her time slaying dragons, saving princesses, and championing the belief in the happily-ever-after. An award winning author, KC Klein has written her gritty, sci-fi, Dark Future Series, and The Omega Galaxy Series, but she has become most widely known for her popular Texas Fever contemporary romance series.
Hi KC, I know you write as part of a group called the Chick Tales. How did you girls meet?
Well , that is an interesting question. The chances of our group actually coming together and writing not just one, not two, but three box sets plus additional tie-in books was very slim. I answered a call out on the PAN group for any authors who would be interested in forming a LLC similar to the Indie Voice. We initially had a lot of response and then a lot of drop outs. The company’s vision changed multiple times as did the members. There were many times I didn’t think the Chick Tales would come to fruition. The amount of work was intimidating. The scheduling was an absolute nightmare. I finally left it in God’s hands. I asked that if this was the best move for me then for Him to make it happen. We are still here a year and a half later and so I am very confident that this is where I should be.
Of the genres you write, which is your favorite, and why?
Oh, I LOVE dark and gritty. I write contemporary western, space opera/sci-fi romance and dystopian romance. My favorite has to be the dystopian probably because with that series I have written them all in first person. I feel like I have more freedom in the sci-fi and dystopian genres. It’s a nice to break away from the rules of a traditional setting.
Your last book, The BlackHearted Cowboy, had some very serious themes. How did this book help you grow as an author?
That book was intense. I came up with the idea just after finishing The Cowboy Rock Star which was a very funny and light hearted book. I find that I need to alternate the tone of my books or I get bored. The Blackhearted Cowboy never got boring for me. When I sat down to write that book I wanted to answer questions about forgiveness and what it really meant. Could a person forgive, while at the same time not condone? Could a person make a really bad mistake, but still be considered good?
These are questions I wanted to explore in The Blackhearted Cowboy and as a result, not only did it give me a great book, but helped me work through some of my own issues. So that’s a win-win in my book.
Your Sci-Fi romance, The Space Captain’s Courtesan, has qualified for a RONE Award. What does that mean, and how did you feel when you found out?
Well, of course winning the RONE is great. I already won one for the multi-authored, sci-fi romance anthology, Hotter On The Edge. I wasn’t able to go to the ceremony, but I have the award sitting in my office and it always makes me smile.
I knew The Space Captain’s Courtesan was a good book. I’m proud of every book that I’ve written, but something was different about Space Captain. I really feel that it’s my best work to date. I put a lot of work into that book and from the reviews and my readers I can tell it showed.
You recently attended Comic Con in CA. What was the best thing about being there?
Ha! The Comic Con thing is totally my husband and kids. Unbeknownst to me, I married a complete geek who then turned my little girls into geeks in training. They get so excited about the upcoming super hero shows and movies that my favorite part is watching them. We did all dress up this year. Yes, even me and in case you are wondering, I went as an Amazon warrior. LOL!
What’s next in your pipeline, and how soon can we expect it to be available?
I always love when I am working on a new project. The raw creativity of the first draft is my favorite part. I am so excited to be re-releasing my Dark Future series in September. And finally, after I don’t know how many years, I am working on the last and final book of the series, As Dawn Breaks. I’ve had fans ask me for years if there would be a sequel and finally I can say yes. I hope to have it out by next year.
Also, the Chick Tales will be releasing our next boxset in February 2016. In that book readers will see how my pervious series, Texas Fever, is connected to my Somewhere Texas books and where Cash Rodriguez finally gets his book.
Thank you so much Helen for having me here and interviewing me. Writing is always more enjoyable when you have the backing of a great editor and I’m glad you are mine. Thanks again.
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